Neill’s Flour rises to growth chal­lenge by se­cur­ing new ware­house

Belfast Telegraph - - BUSINESS - BY MARY KENNEDY

LO­CAL com­pany Neill’s Flour is ex­pand­ing its op­er­a­tions to in­clude a large 16,000 sq ft unit at the Ti­tanic Quar­ter’s Channel Com­mer­cial Park.

The firm, which has been part of the Pri­mark par­ent com­pany As­so­ci­ated Bri­tish Foods ABF since the 1960s, cel­e­brated its 150th year at Col­lege Place North last year.

Two other busi­nesses oc­cu­pied premises at Ti­tanic Quar­ter re­cently. Noblett’s of North Street, a fam­ily-run painting and dec­o­rat­ing busi­ness, oc­cu­pied a 7,500 sq ft premises as part of an ex­pan­sion of its city cen­tre op­er­a­tions.

Ac­tavo, an in­ter­na­tional en­gi­neer­ing so­lu­tions com­pany, oc­cu­pied an ad­di­tional 4,900 sq ft premises.

The move by Neill’s Flour comes as the de­mand for its prod­ucts in­creases be­cause of a rise in the pop­u­lar­ity of home baking.

Last year the busi­ness said it was plan­ning new prod­ucts in­clud­ing home-baking kits for gluten-free Madeira-style cakes, sponge cakes and other prod­ucts.

The com­pany is now look­ing ahead and the new ware­house is just one of sev­eral ma­jor plans for the fu­ture.

The unit, which will al­low the busi­ness to store fin­ished flour prod­ucts, has a por­tal frame ware­house and on-site car park­ing.

ABF Grain Prod­ucts Lim­ited trades as Neill’s Flour and is a well-known pro­ducer of flours and mixes for baking.

Karl Mc­Crum, sales and mar­ket­ing man­ager at Neill’s Flour, ABF Grain Prod­ucts Lim­ited, said: “When we started look­ing for ex­tra stor­age space, our pri­or­ity was to make sure that we were as close to our city cen­tre op­er­a­tions as we could be.

“Belfast city cen­tre has been home to us since 1867 and we con­tinue to pro­duce many of our prod­ucts here. Hav­ing a new ware­house nearby was es­sen­tial.

“Ti­tanic Quar­ter’s Channel Com­mer­cial Park of­fered us the size and scale of stor­age space we need as we grow.”

The Ti­tanic Quar­ter at­tracts a di­verse range of busi­nesses keen to base and ex­pand their op­er­a­tions.

James Eyre, com­mer­cial direc­tor at the Ti­tanic Quar­ter, said: “Neill’s Flour is a fan­tas­tic ad­di­tion to Channel Com­mer­cial Park and we are delighted to support the com­pany’s ex­pan­sion.

“Hav­ing one of the lead­ing lo­cal food pro­duc­tion com­pa­nies se­cure space with us demon­strates the ver­sa­til­ity of the of­fer­ing we have.

“The high qual­ity of the units and the strate­gic lo­ca­tion, which is so close to Neill’s Flour’s long-es­tab­lished mill in the city cen­tre, has proven to be of great ap­peal as the busi­ness grows.”

Com­mer­cial prop­erty agents Lis­ney and CBRE have been jointly ap­pointed by Ti­tanic Quar­ter to mar­ket Channel Com­mer­cial Park. An­drew Gaw­ley, as­so­ciate direc­tor at Lis­ney Belfast, said: “We’re ex­cited to add Neill’s Flour to the ros­ter at the park.

“We’re not sur­prised at the grow­ing num­ber of high-pro­file oc­cu­piers mak­ing Channel Com­mer­cial Park their home.

“The scale and con­ve­nience of the park makes it very at­trac­tive to a wide range of po­ten­tial oc­cu­piers and the units have a huge ap­peal to a host of dif­fer­ent in­dus­tries, from ware­hous­ing to man­u­fac­tur­ing and from lo­gis­tics to film and TV pro­duc­tion.

“Presently we’ve a lim­ited num­ber of units avail­able, so we would urge those in­ter­ested to make en­quires as soon as pos­si­ble to avoid dis­ap­point­ment.”

Belfast’s Ti­tanic Quar­ter is one of Europe’s largest ur­ban-wa­ter­front re­gen­er­a­tion projects.

From left: James Eyre, com­mer­cial direc­tor at Ti­tanic Quar­ter, Karl Mc­Crum, sales and mar­ket­ing man­ager at Neill’s Flour, and An­drew Gaw­ley, as­so­ciate direc­tor at Lis­ney Belfast

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